Posts categorized “Music”

Wednesday, 7 March 2018

For Your Wednesday Listening Pleasure: Break Free (Lead the Way)

Did y’all know that Nintendo (specifically Naoto Kubo and Nobuyoshi Suzuki) wrote two complete songs with vocals for Super Mario Odyssey? The first one you might have heard, the jazzy “Jump Up, Super Star.” But there’s also this less-well-known song that appears during the climactic final stage of the game (and ending cutscene). This is the English version, with English lyrics by Rob Tunstall and Rob Heiret and vocals by pianist/singer/actress Kate Higgins:

It just so happens that this is in one of my all-time favorite musical genres, the female-vocaled power-pop/rock that emerged from the mid 90s with bands like Letters to Cleo, Veruca Salt, The Breeders, and Dressy Bessy. My four-year-old daughter absolutely loves this song, too.

P.S. If you’re fans of Naruto, you might recognize Kate Higgins as the voice of Sakura in the official English dub!

Categories: Music, Video Games, Wednesday Listening Pleasure.

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

For Your Wednesday Listening Pleasure: Push Back the Hands

Yes, it’s They Might Be Giants again! This is a delightful, pixellated, time-travel romp that includes a cameo from one of The Mesopotamians!

Categories: Music, Videos, Wednesday Listening Pleasure.

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

For Your Wednesday Listening Pleasure: Dog

Categories: Music, Videos, Wednesday Listening Pleasure.

Wednesday, 31 January 2018

For Your Wednesday Listening Pleasure: McCafferty’s Bib

Hey, did y’all know that They Might Be Giants has a brand-new studio album out? Well, it’s true! It’s called I Like Fun.

Here listen to this song from the album. It’s about McCafferty’s Bib. “What is McCafferty’s Bib?” you ask? Well, listen to this song, and you still will have absolutely no idea:

Ah, TMBG. Always reliable for absurd surrealism.

Categories: Music, Wednesday Listening Pleasure.

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

For Your Wednesday Listening Pleasure: Sir Patrick Stewart’s Cowboy Classics

Sir Patrick Stewart's Cowboy Classics

When P Stew sings a cowboy song, it’s forever his!

I know this is a bit old (from 2016, yikes), but the world needs this now more than ever. Partake and enjoy:

Now I know you wanna own this amazing collection, right? Don’t worry, because there’s a website, pstewsings.com that has you covered…

OH NO:

DANG SHAME! DANG SHAME!

DANG SHAME! DANG SHAME!

Well, it looks like we’re outta luck when it comes to the full collection, pardner (get it, “pardner” because this is a cowboy-themed post I’ll shut up now). But we CAN still get the sampler CD, which has five full amazing songs on it:

Track Listing:

  1. BUTTONS AND BOWS
  2. DON’T FENCE ME IN
  3. RINGO
  4. I’M AN OLD COWHAND FEAT. SUNNY OZELL
  5. HERE COMES SANTA CLAUS

ORDER IT ORDER IT NOW

Categories: Music, Videos, Wednesday Listening Pleasure.

Wednesday, 10 January 2018

For Your Wednesday Listening Pleasure: Open Mike Eagle’s NPR Tiny Desk Concert!

Mike graces Your Wednesday Listening Pleasure for two weeks in a row! This is one of the rare times that Mike has performed with backing musicians instead of solo!

GOOD STUFF

Categories: Music, Videos, Wednesday Listening Pleasure.

Wednesday, 3 January 2018

For Your Wednesday Listening Pleasure: Sammus & Open Mike Eagle Collaborations

Mike Eagle and Sammus are friends! They also guest on each other’s musics!

First off is the absolutely hilarious video for Mike’s “Hymnal (feat. Sammus),” which features an amazing verse from Sammus that only has one vowel-sound in its rhyming scheme. You’ll see:

Next up is Sammus’s “Qualified (feat. Open Mike Eagle and Arch Thompson).” In case you were wondering, yes, Sammus did name herself in honor of Samus Aran, the heroine of the Metroid series of video games. Some of her albums have names like M’other Brain, Prime, and Another M (which is a concept album that “takes listeners on a journey from Samus’ lonely childhood with the Chozo race to her epic battle against the evil Mother Brain”). Pretty amazingly nerdy stuff, though that isn’t so upfront in this song. But just take a listen to the jazz flute in it!

GOOD STUFF

Categories: Music, Videos, Wednesday Listening Pleasure.